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EU Agriculture Briefing: Brexit, June Farm Council & Glyphosate renewal

EU Agriculture Briefing: Brexit, June Farm Council & Glyphosate renewal | EU Agriculture | Scoop.it
AGRA FACTS journalist Rose O’Donovan provides an update on the latest agri-related items on the agenda for July 2016.
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In this latest Brussels Briefing on Agriculture, AGRA FACTS journalist Rose O’Donovan provides a brief overview of the implications of Brexit on the farming sector. The key question for UK farmers is how Westminster will support the sector and how much access they will have to the single market. As the farm crisis continues to drag on, EU Farm Commissioner Phil Hogan announced he was preparing a further support package for dairy farmers ahead of the July 18 gathering. Exceptional payments are expected to be linked to production curbs in a bid to restore market balance. The renewal of glyphosate, a key active substance in the herbicide Roundup, dominated the headlines over the past number of weeks. The Commission looks set to extend the current license for the chemical for a further 18 months. Some key dates to mark in the diary include a crisis meeting on the dairy sector in Brussels on July 15 and the Agriculture Council – the first under the Slovak Presidency – on July 18.
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EU Agriculture Briefing: Farm Council, EU-Mercosur & Agri calendar

EU Agriculture Briefing: Farm Council, EU-Mercosur & Agri calendar | EU Agriculture | Scoop.it
AGRA FACTS journalist Rose O’Donovan provides an update on the latest agri-related items on the agenda for May-June 2016.
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In this latest Brussels Briefing on Agriculture, AGRA FACTS journalist Rose O’Donovan provides an update of the main items on the agenda at the Farm Council that took place in Brussels on May 17. At the meeting, Germany joined Finland and Lithuania in calling on the Commission to activate the annual agricultural crisis reserve to alleviate cash-flow difficulties among farmers, a shift confirmed by EU Commissioner Phil Hogan. In a surprise U-turn, Berlin appears to be coming around to the idea of triggering the emergency fund financed through direct payment cuts. Meanwhile, the EU Farm chief said any hope of a second aid package would be “premature” at this stage, saying only half of the €420 million solidarity package has been paid out by fifteen Member States. As EU-Mercosur trade talks gather momentum, negotiators from both sides met in Brussels on May 11 to exchange market access offers. EU Ministers will gather for the informal Farm Council in the Netherlands on May 30-31 and are set to meet again for a formal discussion on the market situation and possible additional aid at the last gathering under the Dutch Presidency in Luxembourg (June 27-28).
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Janez Potočnik: 'Sustainable development requires total economic reform'

Janez Potočnik: 'Sustainable development requires total economic reform' | EU Agriculture | Scoop.it
Janez Potočnik talks about the CAP, the future environmental challenges and the need for a reform of the European economy.
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In an exclusive interview with viEUws, former EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik talks to AGRA FACTS journalist Ed Bray about how the European economy must reform to meet the goal of sustainable development, he gives his judgement on the CAP and talks about future environmental challenges.
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EU Agriculture Briefing: GMO delays, Mercosur, Crisis response & Trade mission

EU Agriculture Briefing: GMO delays, Mercosur, Crisis response & Trade mission | EU Agriculture | Scoop.it
AGRA FACTS journalists Rose O’Donovan and Ed Bray provide an update on the latest agri-related items on the agenda for April 2016.
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In this latest Brussels Briefing on Agriculture, AGRA FACTS journalists Rose O’Donovan and Ed Bray provide an update on the delayed approval of three genetically modified soybeans for import for animal feed, the latest news on the EU’s trade talks with Mercosur and key upcoming meetings. As EU-Mercosur negotiations go up a gear, the AGRA FACTS team got hold of the EU’s market access offer to the Latin American bloc. Based on the leaked draft text, the EU plans to offer Mercosur an annual Tariff Rate Quota of 78,000 tonnes of hormone-free beef. Twenty Member States slammed the move at the Council meeting on April 11, saying the inclusion of sensitive products such as beef at this early stage in the talks was counterproductive. Meanwhile, EU Farm Commissioner Phil Hogan is embarking on another trade mission to China and Japan (April 16-22) to stimulate trade in agricultural products. Looking ahead, the future of the CAP will be at the top of the agenda at the Informal Farm Council in Amsterdam at the end of May (30-31).
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EU needs a sustainable food policy, says Slow Food’s Ursula Hudson

EU needs a sustainable food policy, says Slow Food’s Ursula Hudson | EU Agriculture | Scoop.it
Ursula Hudson, President of Slow Food Germany, talks about how to reconnect citizens with local farmers and food traditions, new technologies and EU sustainable food policy.
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In an exclusive interview with viEUws, Ursula Hudson, President of Slow Food Germany, talks to AGRA FACTS journalist Ed Bray about how to reconnect citizens with local farmers and food traditions, the future of new technologies and calls for an EU sustainable food policy to ensure sustainable agricultural production in the long-term.
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Hogan calls for greater cooperation with European Investment Bank to deal with current farm crisis

Hogan calls for greater cooperation with European Investment Bank to deal with current farm crisis | EU Agriculture | Scoop.it
EU Farm Commissioner Phil Hogan talks about the role of European farmers in implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
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In an exclusive interview with ViEUws, EU Farm Commissioner Phil Hogan talks to AGRA FACTS journalist Rose O’Donovan about the role of European farmers in implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The EU’s Farm chief also responds to questions on the current agricultural crisis and proposed measures to tackle oversupply on the market. The European Investment Bank has a greater role to play in assisting young farmers deal with market volatility, Hogan outlined.
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EU Agriculture Briefing: Aid for pigmeat, Milk management, EU-Mercosur, Russian embargo and Agri calendar

EU Agriculture Briefing: Aid for pigmeat, Milk management, EU-Mercosur, Russian embargo and Agri calendar | EU Agriculture | Scoop.it
Leading AGRA FACTS journalists, Rose O'Donovan and Ed Bray provide an overview of the main agri-related items on the agenda for March 2016. 
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In this latest Brussels Briefing on Agriculture, AGRA FACTS journalists Rose O’Donovan and Ed Bray provide details of the latest support measures tabled by EU Farm Commissioner Phil Hogan to alleviate the difficult market situation. At the Council meeting on March 14, he pledged to reactivate private storage aid for pigmeat to take surplus stocks off the market and to establish a market observatory for beef and pigmeat. At a time when there is a global oversupply of milk, Hogan said the Commission stands ready to allow voluntary dairy supply controls in a bid to restore market balance. The AGRA FACTS team also provides an update on EU-Mercosur trade talks and Russia’s on-going embargo on agricultural products. Keep an eye out for forthcoming interviews by the Agri-team at the annual Forum on the Future of Agriculture (March 22).
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VIDEO: Top 5 EU Agriculture - All you need to know about the Dutch EU Presidency

VIDEO: Top 5 EU Agriculture - All you need to know about the Dutch EU Presidency | EU Agriculture | Scoop.it
AGRA FACTS journalists, Rose O’Donovan & Ed Bray provide an overview of the top 5 agriculture issues on the agenda under the Dutch EU Presidency.
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In this special briefing, AGRA FACTS journalists Rose O’Donovan & Ed Bray provide an overview of the Top 5 Agriculture priorities for the Dutch EU Presidency.

Finalise a deal on the reform of organic legislationClosely monitor the market situation particularly in the context of the extended Russian food import banFurther discussions on how to tackle antimicrobial resistanceSteering talks on CAP simplificationInstigating debate on climate-smart agriculture
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EU Agriculture briefing: Dairy fines, GMOs, COP21 & air pollution

EU Agriculture briefing: Dairy fines, GMOs, COP21 & air pollution | EU Agriculture | Scoop.it
Rose O’Donovan and Ed Bray, journalists at AGRA FACTS, provide an overview of the main agri-related items the EU agenda for this Autumn.
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A dozen Member States, which overshot their milk production thresholds in 2014/2015, will face a superlevy fine of €818 million this year, with Germany set to pay out the lion’s share (€309 million). The highest ever superlevy figure was expected as farmers increased their dairy output ahead of the abolition of the EU’s quota regime on March 31. Meanwhile, Farm Ministers gathered in Luxembourg on October 22, where the future of plant breeding was one of the items on the agenda. At the meeting, Germany & the UK said  methods such as cisgenesis should not fall under the scope of tight GMO legislation. With the UN summit in Paris fast approaching, Ministers also held a lively debate on the crucial role of agriculture in mitigating the effects of climate change. As the EP plenary session is in full swing in Strasbourg, watch out for key votes today on air pollution rules and genetically modified feed opt-outs.

AGRA FACTS journalists, Ed Bray and Rose O’Donovan have the story.

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EU Agriculture Commissioner: 'EU Farmers resilient despite crisis'

EU Agriculture Commissioner: 'EU Farmers resilient despite crisis' | EU Agriculture | Scoop.it
EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan outlines the details of a ‎€500 million aid package for farmers in response to falling dairy and pork prices.
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In this exclusive interview for viEUws, EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan outlines the details of a ‎€500 million aid package for farmers in response to falling dairy and pork prices, describes plans to combat unfair trading practices and says an expert group will look at new instruments to tackle price volatility. 

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EU Agriculture Briefing: dairy crisis, Commission €500 million aid package, Farm Council, markets measures

EU Agriculture Briefing: dairy crisis, Commission €500 million aid package, Farm Council, markets measures | EU Agriculture | Scoop.it
This Brussels Briefing on Agriculture provides an overview of the latest developments in the European Union’s agricultural policy for September 2015.
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The plight of farmers hit by falling milk and pork prices is the theme of this month’s Brussels Briefing on Agriculture. The Commission has unveiled a €500 million aid package to help struggling farmers, who have been holding demonstrations in Brussels and other European cities. AGRA FACTS journalists Rose O’Donovan & Ed Bray have the details.

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Farmers march on Brussels - In Focus

Farmers march on Brussels - In Focus | EU Agriculture | Scoop.it
On 7th September, 5,000 farmers from across Europe took to the streets of Brussels to protest about falling dairy and meat prices.
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On 7th September, 5,000 farmers from across Europe took to the streets of Brussels to protestabout falling dairy and meat prices. The march was planned to coincide with an emergency meeting of agriculture ministers from the EU’s member states, who had gathered to discuss the crisis in the farming industry.

The demonstrators’ demands include early direct payments to help farmers with their liquidity problems; a fund directed at marketing agricultural products outside the EU; a review of the intervention price at which farmers can sell their stock to the EU; and mechanisms to stabilise the price of milk and pork. Some are also calling for temporary milk quotas to be reintroduced: a move they say will reduce supply and bring up prices.

In order to mitigate the crisis, the European Commission announced a comprehensive support package worth €500 million.

Ellie Mears went to find out more.

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Top 5 EU Agriculture Issues - All you need to know for the Luxembourg Presidency

Top 5 EU Agriculture Issues - All you need to know for the Luxembourg Presidency | EU Agriculture | Scoop.it

Overview of the top 5 agriculture issues that will be discussed by the EU institutions under the Luxembourg Presidency of the European Council.

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In this special briefing, AGRA FACTS journalists Rose O’Donovan & Ed Bray provide an overview of the top 5 agriculture issues on the agenda under the Luxembourg EU Presidency.

Finalising a deal on the reform of organic legislation.Closely monitor the market situation particularly in the context of the extended Russian food import ban & the abolition of dairy quotas on March 31.Further discussions on the revision of the EU Animal & Plant Health PackageSteering talks on Commission plans to allow national bans on the use of genetically modified animal feed.Next steps on cloning & novel food.
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Re-launch of EU-Mercosur free trade talks not a smart move, says Pekka Pesonen

Re-launch of EU-Mercosur free trade talks not a smart move, says Pekka Pesonen | EU Agriculture | Scoop.it
Pekka Pesonen, Secretary-General of Copa-Cogeca, comments on the latest re-launch of the free trade negotiations between the European Union and Mercosur.
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Pekka Pesonen, Secretary-General of Copa-Cogeca, the largest EU agricultural lobby joins Joanna Sopinska, Editor for EU Trade Insights to comment on the latest re-launch of the free trade negotiations between the European Union and Mercosur.
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EU-Mercosur trade deal: a win-win situation for both sides, Brazilian beef chief.

EU-Mercosur trade deal: a win-win situation for both sides, Brazilian beef chief. | EU Agriculture | Scoop.it
Executive Director of the Association of Brazilian beef exporters discusses Brazil's agricultural sector and the implications of an EU-Mercosur trade deal.
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In an exclusive interview with ViEUws, Executive Director of the Association of Brazilian beef exporters, Fernando Sampaio talks to AGRA FACTS journalist Rose O’Donovan about his country’s highly-efficient and competitive agricultural sector. He provides details of the Brazilian Roundtable on Sustainable Livestock that was established in July 2015, where resource efficiency & sustainable intensification are at the top of the agenda. Speaking a couple weeks before leaked details emerged about the EU market access offer to the Mercosur countries – Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay – Sampaio said there was a place for beef imports into the EU to satisfy demand and also keep prices down. A bilateral deal would be a “win-win” situation for both sides, he concluded, saying he sees great opportunities for European farm products on the Latin American market.
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EU farmers must recycle more, says Professor Alan Buckwell

EU farmers must recycle more, says Professor Alan Buckwell | EU Agriculture | Scoop.it
Pr. Alan Buckwell about how farming is affecting our environment, ways the EU can encourage more recycling and whether punishing farmers more severely for pollution is appropriate.
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In an exclusive interview with viEUws, Professor Alan Buckwell talks to AGRA FACTS journalist Ed Bray about how farming is affecting our environment, ways the EU can encourage more recycling of organic waste and nutrients and whether punishing farmers more severely for pollution is appropriate.
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UNEP Chief calls to reinvent agricultural economy

UNEP Chief calls to reinvent agricultural economy | EU Agriculture | Scoop.it
Exclusive interview with the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme Achim Steiner, about the urgent need to reinvent the agricultural economy.
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In an exclusive interview with ViEUws, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme Achim Steiner, talks to AGRA FACTS journalist Rose O’Donovan about the urgent need to reinvent the agricultural economy. He insists that sustainable agriculture and food security are at the heart of the seventeen UN Sustainable Development Goals adopted by world leaders in New York last September. Steiner makes a case for a “revolution in thinking” as the current food and farming system has been “ruinous” in many parts of the world in ecological and social terms. Finally, he echoes the words of UN Special Advisor Amina Mohammed – seen as one of the key architects of the post-2015 development agenda – that these ambitious and universal plans must leave nobody behind.
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“No time for business as usual”, says Syngenta Global’s Jon Parr

“No time for business as usual”, says Syngenta Global’s Jon Parr | EU Agriculture | Scoop.it
Syngenta Global’s Jon Parr talks about the role of the private sector in contributing to sustainable agricultural production.
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In an exclusive interview with ViEUws, Syngenta’s Jon Parr talks to AGRA FACTS journalist Rose O’Donovan about the role of the private sector in contributing to sustainable agricultural production. The Chief Operating Officer at the agri-chemical giant outlines the key tenets of its Good Growth Plan launched over two years ago and underlines that there is no place for business as usual if the world is to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Parr also responds to questions about the recent bid by the Chinese chemical firm ChemChina to take over his company. The proposed acquisition will have no implications for European farmers, he insisted.
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"Some Sustainable Development Goals are within reach" says Jeffrey Sachst

"Some Sustainable Development Goals are within reach" says Jeffrey Sachst | EU Agriculture | Scoop.it
Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute discusses the implementation of SDGs in the agricultural sector.
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In an exclusive interview with viEUws, Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Colombia University and Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, talks to AGRA FACTS journalist Ed Bray about meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal of ending extreme hunger, the progress made around the world and whether we are adopting the right approach.
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EU Agriculture Briefing: Penalty reform, Pigmeat aid, Dairy measures and Agri calendar

EU Agriculture Briefing: Penalty reform, Pigmeat aid, Dairy measures and Agri calendar | EU Agriculture | Scoop.it
Leading AGRA FACTS journalists, Rose O'Donovan and Ed Bray provide an overview of the main agri-related items on the agenda for February 2016. 
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In this latest Brussels Briefing on Agriculture, AGRA FACTS journalists Rose O’Donovan & Ed Bray provide details of the latest measure tabled by EU Farm Commissioner Phil Hogan to simplify farm policy rules. The plan revises the system of fines for inaccurate subsidy applications, giving farmers opportunities to make changes to avoid unnecessary penalties. The EU would also be more lenient on first-time offenders. As the market crisis continues, the Commission activated private storage aid for pigmeat on January 4 to take surplus stocks off the market. But officials suspended the measure on January 26 as amounts in storage hit 90 000 tonnes. Similar storage schemes for butter and skimmed milk powder have been extended until the end of September. The AGRA FACTS team also provides details of upcoming meetings and conferences during the month of February.

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VIDEO: Agriculture Briefing: Farm Council, dairy crisis, CAP simplification, school food scheme

Rose O’Donovan and Ed Bray, journalists at AGRA FACTS, provide an overview of the main agri-related items the EU agenda for this Autumn.
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At the Farm Council on November 16, Ministers held their first formal discussion on the market situation since the Commission tabled its €500 million aid package in September, to help mainly dairy farmers hit by a drop in prices. They agreed that the dairy situation had improved slightly, but said it was premature to talk about a steady recovery. On pigmeat, EU Farm Commissioner Phil Hogan pledged to open private storage aid in early 2016 to help producers, but resisted calls to support the sugar sector. Simplifying complex farm policy rules and the revision of school food schemes were also on the agenda. Key dates to put in the diary in the run-up to Christmas include the DG AGRI Outlook Conference on December 1-2  and the last Agriculture Council of the year on December 14. AGRA FACTS journalists Rose O’Donovan and Ed Bray have the story.

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EU Agriculture Commissioner: 'EU Farmers resilient despite crisis' - full interview

EU Agriculture Commissioner: 'EU Farmers resilient despite crisis' - full interview | EU Agriculture | Scoop.it
Long version of our exclusive interview of EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan for viEUws
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This is the long version of our exclusive interview of EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan for viEUws, in which he outlines the details of a ‎€500 million aid package for farmers in response to falling dairy and pork prices, describes plans to combat unfair trading practices and says an expert group will look at new instruments to tackle price volatility. AGRA FACTS journalist Ed Bray has the story.

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Brussels Briefing on Environment: COP21, Circular economy, EU ETS & NEC directive

Brussels Briefing on Environment: COP21, Circular economy, EU ETS & NEC directive | EU Agriculture | Scoop.it
This Brussels Briefing on Environment provides an overview of the latest EU environment policy developments for September 2015.
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EU Environment Ministers have agreed the EU’s negotiating position for UN climate talks at COP21 in Paris in December. But COP21 is not the only event keeping the institutions busy, says leading environment journalist Sonja van Renssen: several reforms and reviews are expected in the coming weeks and months, among which a new circular economy package, and progress on EU ETS reform and the highly controversial NEC directive talks.

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EU Dairy crisis: "We need to have a more responsive safety net" argues ECR group

EU Dairy crisis: "We need to have a more responsive safety net" argues ECR group | EU Agriculture | Scoop.it

Jennifer Baker is joined by James Holtum, spokesperson for the ECR Group, to discuss the EU dairy sector crisis.

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Jennifer Baker is joined by James Holtum, spokesperson for the ECR Group, to discuss the EU dairy sector crisis.

The Agriculture and Rural Development Committee will meet on Tuesday 8 September with Commissioner Phil Hogan, to discuss the outcome of the extraordinary Agriculture Council, particularly the issue of falling milk and pork prices, as well as the effects of the Russian embargo on European produce.

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GMOs debate: European Commission brushes off criticisms

GMOs debate: European Commission brushes off criticisms | EU Agriculture | Scoop.it
Ladislav Miko (European Commission), Giovanni La Via MEP and Ruud Tijssens (FEFAC) debate the question: 'GMOs: on or off the EU's menu?'.
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AGRA FACTS journalist Rose O’Donovan is joined by Ladislav Miko (European Commission’s Acting Director-General, DG Health and Food Safety), Giovanni La Via MEP (EPP Group, Chair Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety) and Ruud Tijssens (Director Corporate Affairs, Strategic R&D and CSR at Agrifirm Group) to debate the question: ‘GMOs: on or off the EU’s menu?’.

This highlight video presents the core discussions and conclusions of the live debate which took place on Tuesday 14 July 2015. You can find the complete debate video here.

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